Did You Ever Wonder How Words Got Put Together To Make Sense?

During early feudal times the official who mde out tax lists was called a "ragman" and his list written on sheepskin was known as a "ragman roll."

When Edward I of England invaded Scotland in 1296, he advanced leisurely, stopping in captured towns, forcing nobles and gentry to sign a ragman roll promising allegiance to their new king.

After the takeover of Scotland was finished, Edward sent couriers to read the long lists in public places. Some of his messengers didn't take their task seriously, nd they reeled off the lists in sucha hurry tht the words were difficult to understand.

Thus the ragman roll eventually emerged into modern English as "rigamarole," meaning any jumble of words.